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By Balance_78
Captured in The British in Douglas. The lady was waiting for her friend and to pass the time she looked out over the marina.
The shot was taken at table height with a reasonable wide aperture. The only edits made was an image crop

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
28 Apr 2021 5:03PM
A nicely captured momemt.
I made a tighter crop to make the left hand side look neater.
I considered doig the same on the right but it looked claustrophobic and she needs that space to look in to.
I thought of leaving the chair at the bottom but then decided to crop that too so all the attntion is on the peron.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
28 Apr 2021 6:24PM
I feel the need to crop, but it's tricky...

The menu in the foreground brings up the out-of-focus foreground issue again, and the sides are hard to crop to remove distractions without going too tight. Horizontal format, with more room (and a picture or two more) on the right, maybe?
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
28 Apr 2021 6:52PM
I wonder if your subjects are centrally placed to facilitate focusing? Better to try off centre if possible.

This has been cropped from your original, presumably to remove distractions.

Ive tried to show, in a mod, what an off centre composition looks like, if it was possible in this situation. Excuse the extra bag!


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2021 8:33PM

Quote:I wonder if your subjects are centrally placed to facilitate focusing? Better to try off centre if possible.

I would like to expand on what Willie has said, Gregg.

I assume you are using a single focus point, and that you are placing that in the centre of your frame. Therefore, when focusing on your subject/s, they are in the centre, where the focus point lies.

Now, you can either change that focus point on your screen, so that it corresponds with your subject's face, which would mean altering it at the time of shooting, or contemplating shooting, OR you can focus on your subject's face with that central focus point, half depress the shutter in order to lock the focus, and then re-compose your shot before completing the shooting.

For instrance, here, you could have less space behind your subject and more in front of her, simply by moving your camera to the right and placing your subject to the left of the frame. This moving of your camera has to be done whilst that half-pressed focus-locking button is being pressed. Then, when you have the composition offsetting your subject, complete the depression of the shutter and take the picture.
The focus will stay on the face even though you have shifted the focus point. This is because you locked it. I hope you understand. On the other hand, I may be teaching my grandmother to suck eggsSmile.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2021 10:00PM
This is the first of your uploads where central placement works for me, I think it's because she is looking more towards us. Again, you have composed as much for the pictures in the background as for the subject. Was this deliberate or unconscious, I wonder?

That Hitchcock picture is a gift. I could spend a lot of time waiting for subjects to position themselves below it for me...
Robert51 13 7 126 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2021 8:38AM
What a great image and one that works really well in black and white.

The mod I sharpened the field of focus around the subject and the sofa. I also cropped outthe parts that pull the eye that are not really needed as part of the Image. Then added a radial gradident to draw to eye to the subject. All very minor changes that I hope you like.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
29 Apr 2021 11:51AM
To expand on the focussing...

I know that you're using a manual focus lens, and are either relying on focus peaking, or a magnified image in the viewfinder. Although I don't know how to do this with a Fuji, I'm sure that it can be done, in a similar way to the way I work with a Sony camera. I can move the magnified area around the image - I've described it in detail in this BLOG.

The short summary is: Compose. Select magnification area, possibly using a customised button. Magnify. Focus. Shoot without going back to the full-field view.

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